DURHAM — A grandmother, mother and six children are homeless after a fire ripped through their apartment Wednesday morning.
The fire began about 9 a.m. at 3915 Dearborn Drive, Apt. 6.
The blaze likely was sparked by a fan plugged into an extension cord, said Jody Morton, a Durham fire inspector.
The grandmother, whose name was not released, was upstairs when the fire started. She tried unsuccessfully to extinguish it and then escaped unharmed with her 13-year-old granddaughter.
The apartment was destroyed, but no other units were damaged, Morton said. No one was hurt.
The Red Cross was trying to find temporary housing for the family. The Durham Fire Department is adopting the family. Anyone who would like to drop off goods such as clothes or toys can take them to any city fire station.